Living in Houston, it’s fair to say we almost always do "want fries with that." But sometimes we want them on their own, too. Especially when they are thrice (yes, THRICE!) fried and covered in things like chile con queso, truffle cream, and pastrami, à la these best fries below.
Lunch Lady Fries
Bernie’s Burger Bus (address and info)
Houston’s favorite bus-gone-brick & mortar makes fresh-cut fries you’ll want to stay after school for. Go for the Lunch Lady Fries -- covered in house brown gravy, slow-cooked beef, local cheese curds, and aged white cheddar. Also a strong move: the Honor Roll Fries, where the combination BBQ brisket, bacon, and cheddar earns an A+. Nailed it!
Kenny & Ziggy’s (address and info)
This Jewish deli coats its fresh-cut, twice-fried Schmutzy Fries in a Gruyère, white cheddar, Parmesan, and truffle cream Mornay sauce... then tops them with chunks of the best house-cured pastrami in the city. The result is a pile of fries that are totally not kosher, but seriously delicious.
Bismillah Café (address and info)
We don’t need In-N-Out in Houston. That’s because these animal-style fries have 10 times the flavor thanks to a fiery, Pakistani 10-spice blend. Booya, Cali.
Eatsie Boys (address and info)
These hand-cut fries are seriously crisp thanks to their triple-cooking method. Hit up the truck and pray that they're serving "Korelina" fries that day -- those frites come topped with gochujang and Carolina BBQ sauce, wasabi mayo, slow-cooked pulled pork, fried onions, and cilantro.
BB’s Café Montrose (address and info)
Double points go to anyone that get through the Cajun take on poutine -- in which a mountain of shoestring fries gets covered in chile con queso, rich gravy, and mouthwatering roast beef -- by themselves. Eat them late-night, or anytime where you can take a nice long nap afterward.
Kimcheenaise and pork belly fries
Fat Bao Kirby (address and info)
Twiggy, fresh-cut fries are crisper than the shirt you’re mom just ironed for you (are you ever going to start doing that by yourself?). Get them slathered in kimcheenaise and coated with a warm, pork belly blanket.
Lazy Lane Frites
Brasserie 19 (address and info)
Sure, you can get these twiggy pommes frites with a side of steak, but you can also get them with a side of FOIE GRAS. The Lazy Lane Frites are an off-the-menu specialty tossed in au poivre gravy, dusted with Parmesan, and heaped with seared foie.
Lowbrow (address and info)
Topped with everything from red-eye gravy and curry sauce to chicken livers and house-made chorizo, this brew pub’s playful taters are worth getting to know, unlike your recent Tinder dates. Heyo!
D’Lish Curbside Bistro (address and info)
Warning: this food truck’s Southern-style poutine is highly addictive. Hit it up to get old-school crinkle cut fries drowned in blackened Gulf shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, lobster, roasted red pepper coulis, and a rehab-worthy smoked Gouda sauce. Then add bacon, because you ALWAYS ADD BACON, FOOL.
Red Eye Fries
Cook & Collins (address and info)
You can eat C&C’s totally coated Red Eye Fries as a pre-game to brunch, lunch, or dinner, giving them triple the street cred. The hand-cut taters are bathed in buffalo chili, hot sauce, melted cheddar, and mustard seed before getting topped with a yolk-up egg.
Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar (address and info)
Nothing served on a piece of cardboard has ever been so beautiful. Or so fattening. Good thing the plates of shoestring fries stacked with smoked pork shoulder and drizzled and dusted with yellow curry, garlic mayo, Sriracha, and hoisin are big enough to share. Or not. Whatever.
Hubcap Grill (address and info)
This burger joint’s fresh-as-hell, daily-cut potatoes get a double-dip in the deep fryer, making them uber crisp and crunchy on the outside with a soft, pillowy center. They’re excellent with HG’s special mayo sauce, but hit the Heights location to add on wing sauce and blue cheese or country cream gravy and bacon to make you inner fat-kid proud.
All of the fries
House of Fries (address and info)
You can expect this fry house’s house fries to be hot, fresh, and fully loaded in flavors like pulled pork, chili cheese, or chicken fajita. Of course, you could also get your potatoes in the seasoned, curly, waffle, tot, or sweet potato variety. Maybe get them all?
The Hay Merchant (address and info)
This hugely popular beer bar changes up its poutine-style fries every so often, but each iteration proves to be good as hell. Right now you can get the hand-cut potaters loaded with succulent braised pork in pozole sauce, cheese curds, and pickled jalapeño & hominy.
Coreanos (address and info)
Fry addicts know to hit this Korexican BBQ truck up for the bulgogi-, kimchi-, spicy mayo- and queso-coated KimCheese fries. And also the burritos stuffed with said fries.
Python chili cheese fries
Sammy’s Wild Game Grill (address and info)
Fries topped with melted cheese and python chili (yeah, you heard that right) are the winner at this wild game joint. Game over.
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1. Kenny & Ziggy's2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
2. Bismillah Cafe5696 Hillcroft St, Houston
3. BB's Cajun Cafe2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston
4. Fat Bao3419 Kirby Dr, Houston
5. Brasserie 191962 W Gray St, Houston
6. Lowbrow1601 W Main St, Houston
7. Cook & Collins2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston
8. Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar307 Fairview S, Houston
9. House Of Fries5322 Antoine Dr, Houston
10. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston
11. Sammy's Wild Game Grill3715 Washington Ave, Houston
12. Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop5407 Bellaire Blvd, Houston
Kenny & Ziggy's mission is to give Houstonians an ultimate New York deli dining experience right in Uptown. Breads and cakes are made in-house, and pickles and meats are cured onsite. Fish are flown in daily from the Big Apple, and master slicers are on call to properly cut them in the European tradition, ensuring a silky and tender texture. The menu spans cabbage, Hungarian goulash, Romanian chicken fricassee, latkes, grilled Mediterranean tuna, and sweet potato pancakes, in addition to signature cut-to-order pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. And whether you get a sandwich, burger or knish, expect it to come in the kind of colossal portion only your grandmother would force on you.
This no-frills strip center haunt is located just off Hillcroft & 69 in Sharpstown and serves up Indian and Pakistani food. On the chaat house side of the operation, traditional samosa and aloo chana sit alongside more Americanized numbers. For intensely flavored beef nihari, rich curries and sizzling sole tandoori, head two doors down to the dual concept’s home-style restaurant.
This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.
The Kirby outpost of this Asian Fusion bao mini-chain is known for its fresh-cut fries with kimcheenaise and pork belly. Creative baos include curry beef, "Big Byrd" (fried chicken and sweet basil sauce), and "New Yorker" (house smoked salmon, avocado, green onions, and cream sauce).
Brassiere 19 is true to its roots, serving French classics like Croque Monsieur, steak tartare, and creme brulee. The best part about this trendy River Oaks date spot, besides the excellent French press coffee, badass champagne selection and stellar fare, is that you can feel like you’re brunching in Paris without having to deal with actual French people.
Lowbrow in Montrose is a low-key eatery with an awesome, spacious patio. They serve a range of American food, from shareable plates to hearty burgers. The brunch is not to be missed, especially on a warm, sunny day when you can enjoy their craft beers and house cocktails outside.
With a clean, rustic interior (plus an upstairs portion that opens up as a patio), Cook & Collins has a very inviting atmosphere, in which you'll find a small but well-thought-out list of draft beers, a solid wine list, and a delicious brunch menu with hearty offerings like the BBQ Breakfast (pork belly, root beer BBQ, mac and cheese, blackberry muffin, cinnamon crumble). Don't forget to try one of their specialty Bloody Marys either, with Tito's, bacon, poached shrimp, pickled green tomato, bleu cheese-stuffed olive, celery, and a special blend of spices.
This Montrose wine bar has a cool ambiance, a great back patio, and sharable plates like Bangkok-style fries and cheese boards.
This Oak Forest spot has delicious burgers, chicken tenders, and fries (duh). You can get your fries fully loaded in flavors like pulled pork, chili cheese, or chicken fajita. Of course, you could also get them in the seasoned, curly, waffle, tot, or sweet potato variety. Maybe get them all?
A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.
This Washington wild game spot has a variety of interesting hot dog options, plus kangaroo & buffalo burgers, and python chili cheese fries.
Some of Houston's best burgers and fries come straight out of a big yellow school bus, otherwise known as the kitchen of Bernie's Burger Bus. Bernie's still has waiters and seating though, not to mention milkshakes, wines, and beers on tap. The gourmet burgers, all of which have school-themed names like "The Principal" and "Homeroom," are constructed from a blend of house-ground black Angus beef and served on locally-baked buns. Add in homemade condiments and you've got the best school lunch ever.